NAPLES, FL (July 2017) -- The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received another prestigious honor, as it has been named a winner of Incentive magazine’s celebrated “Platinum Partners Award” for 2017. Considered one of the most prominent awards in the meetings and incentive industry, and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the award recognizes the best of the best travel suppliers, merchandise and gift cards that serve the incentive/recognition industry. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club was one of only 14 winners in the “Domestic (U.S.) Hotels/Resorts” category, and one of only four hotels in the Eastern U.S. to receive the honor.

The award will be presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the 319-room, AAA Four-Diamond resort, which is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. The 125-acre resort features 34,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space, along with truly beautiful outdoor and beachfront venues. 

Winners of the award were determined by online votes by the magazine’s readers, which consists of executives and corporate decision-makers in a variety of industries who buy, recommend and specify the use of incentive travel and merchandise in their sales and marketing programs. Selections were made based on the places and products that helped the executives most in motivating their employees and customers over the past year. Winners were selected based on the following criteria:  motivational appeal of the destination or property, quality and professionalism of the service, and degree of creativity and promotional support. A complete list of winners appears in Incentive magazine’s July/August 2017 issue, and is featured on Incentive magazine’s website .

“Receiving this award from incentive professionals is a wonderful recognition of what an exceptional choice The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is for incentive and recognition programs,” said Parsons. “It also reflects the immense appeal of our newly renovated facilities which includes our totally redesigned championship golf course, as well as our other outstanding amenities, truly picturesque beachfront setting, and how well our dedicated and talented staff caters to groups both big and small.”  

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort has spent more than $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last few years. This included the recent dramatic renovation -- almost reinvention -- of its championship golf course. Completed in November 2016, the $9 million total redesign of the resort’s course was done by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with renowned course architect John Sanford. The par-71 course features five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards, and is designed to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers. 

Other appealing on-site offerings include the resort’s world-class spa; a beachfront pool complex with two pools, whirlpools and locker facilities; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; beach rentals; and retail shops. 

In addition, the resort also offers multiple restaurants and lounges. This includes:  the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf, featuring indoor and outdoor dining; Broadwell’s restaurant, overlooking the golf course; the Seminole Store, which offers deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts; and the popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, which has been recognized as the “Best Place to View a Southwest Florida Sunset.” 

The resort’s 319 guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical color linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patio or balcony (with a view of the Gulf, golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee maker; and refrigerator. 

Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

Providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway, which is rich in hospitality and tradition. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. Contact the resort at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit . 

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